Simprints Country Director, Ethiopia Jobs

Simprints Country Director, Ethiopia Jobs

Closing date: 30 Apr 2019


Simprints empowers the existing mobile tools that governments and development organizations are already using to deliver essential services at the frontlines.

Our goal is to radically disrupt the inaccurate way we currently track and deliver progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and instead build a world where every person counts in the fight against poverty.

Since August 2016, we have launched projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Malawi, and Ethiopia that collectively have reached over 100,000 beneficiaries.

This is just the beginning. We are rapidly extending our reach, implementing projects across sectors and geographies, aiming to impact over 500,000 lives by the end of the year and 4 million lives by the end of 2020.

Right now, our flagship project with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (backed by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) is delivering essential deworming treatment to 2 million individuals across 15 woredas of Ethiopia, so this is an exciting time to be joining Simprints!

9 Reasons to join Simprints

  • Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on greater responsibilities than nearly any other job.

  • Genuine impact. The opportunity to spearhead our market strategy in Ethiopia, including our partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health that will reach 2 million beneficiaries.
  • An extensive network of people. Working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders and interfacing with NGOs, social businesses, funders, and the government to open doors for future projects to deliver genuine impact.
  • Scaling-up your career. There is huge opportunity to expand and grow within the organisation, for the right candidate this could mean the potential to drive business strategy in the region which contributes to achieving our overarching objective to make
  • Simprints 100% financially self-sufficient.
  • Flexible paid time off & ability to work flexible hours. We set high quarterly goals, but give people the freedom to choose when and how to recharge. Join a team that trusts you with the job.
  • Fieldwork around the world. An opportunity to join our Project Operations team, experiencing how Simprints impacts the lives of our users and beneficiaries.
  • Pace and autonomy. We have a fun, fast-paced Scrum culture that enables individuals and teams to prioritise actions that align with our quarterly and yearly goals.
  • Creativity and Innovation. Quarterly ‘Lego’ days where you can work on any project you want.
  • A dedicated learning budget to power your personal and professional development.
  • A competitive salary depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

    Role Overview

    The Country Director - Ethiopia, without doubt, is the most important hire for the region. You will report directly to the COO and will focus on increasing our reach and impact with partners - NGOs, social enterprises, funders, and governments.

    The role will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Your responsibilities will be based around the overarching objective of scaling our operational impact in Ethiopia, and will include:

  • Successfully delivering and managing our current and future projects in Ethiopia
  • Building and maintaining a strong rapport with the Ethiopian FMoH
  • Recruiting, growing, and leading the Ethiopian Simprints team
  • Leading in country business development efforts
  • Supporting operations in neighbouring countries
  • Establishing Simprints’ office in the country
  • Representing Simprints at ICT4D events globally

    About you

    You are a proven leader and have a strong desire to blend leading edge
    technology with progressive development programs. You are skilled at effectively interacting with key stakeholders, from a variety of backgrounds, and have substantial experience with international development programs, ideally in health digitisation.

    You will be a proven self starter with an enquiring mind, and a demonstrated ability to lead large complex projects that drive scale, efficiency and growth.

    You are confident, passionate, reliable, deeply collaborative, a quick learner, and thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment.

    From one day to the next you might be heading out to SNNP to check in on the roll-out of our latest project, recruiting a team of passionate individuals, meeting with senior officials of a funding partner, scoping an upcoming healthcare project, negotiating the final terms of a partnership for a nation-wide project with the Ministry of Health, or presenting at a conference to hundreds of ICT4D specialists.

    What skills do you have?

    At Simprints you will be working within a cross-functional team of passionate engineers and development professionals focused on different aspects of designing our products and deploying them in the field.

    Therefore, a deep-rooted commitment to collaborative problem solving, robust data-driven insights, and high quality communications is critical.

    Past experience with the requirements below, and the genuine desire to develop world-class skills, are the ideal fit. You have the skills outlined below and want to develop them more:

    Technical skills

  • Excellent academic foundation. An international education at degree level or higher in relevant topic.
  • Strategic awareness. Exposure to, and a solid understanding of, developing and executing strategic business opportunities in Ethiopia.
  • Nurturing talent and building cross-functional teams. Extensive experience of building and leading multicultural teams.
  • Managing complexity. Strong project and program management experience working end-to-end on large, complex projects/programs.
  • Inspiring communication. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, with the ability to craft precise and compelling stories in both presentation and written formats.
  • Proactive implementation. Proven track record of ‘getting things done’ with strong attention to detail and data-driven decision making
  • Strong business development. 5+ years experience business development experience across Ethiopia or other countries.

    Human skills

  • Intellect. You have a strong ability to synthesize complex data sets and convert them into information that drive business decisions.
  • Problem-solving. You have distinctive problem solving skills and good business judgment. You are capable of responding to tactical and strategic business needs and drive results that deliver genuine impact.
  • Curiosity. You have a desire to think innovatively and explore and understand how different perspectives and complex data blend together to create the bigger picture and context.
  • Learning. You love learning new things, are able to think on your feet, and can pick up new tools and methods quickly.
  • Communication. You are able to collaborate and articulately communicate concepts, ideas and decisions effectively across many levels, and build strong interpersonal relationships with engineers, operational managers, and external stakeholders.
  • Grit. You have a hands-on, can-do attitude and have the drive to dig deep into problems to discover pain points and features from multiple perspectives, and resilience to stay focused on a project to the end.
  • Passion. If being part of team that designs and deploys technology for global health sounds exciting, we want to meet you!

    How to Apply:
    What next?

    Please submit your CV and cover letter on our website:

    For the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

    What is your vision for your contribution to the world, what excites you?
    Why are you applying to Simprints and not somewhere else?
    What value do you think you can bring to the team?

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